Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum in New York City that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, healing, culture and spirituality.

In recent years, a growing community of scientists, doctors, artists, activists, seekers and scholars have orchestrated a renaissance in psychedelic thought and practice.

Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future.

The eleventh conference is Friday, October 6th to Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at The Cooper Union Great Hall.

Horizons Media, Inc. is a 501c(3) not-for-profit educational charity led by Kevin Balktick, Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., Ingmar Gorman, M.A., and James Vasile, Esq.



Michael P. Bogenschutz, M.D.
Research Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center
"A Double-Blind Trial of Psilocybin-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Dependence"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D.
Researcher at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Coordinator of McNair Scholars Program at UC San Diego
"The Past, Present, and Future of Ibogaine Treatment – and Why it Matters for the Opioid Crisis"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 10:50 am - 11:35 am

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., IMF
MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC) Therapy Training Program Manager, Zendo Project Integration Coordinator, Co-therapist in MAPS-Sponsored Clinical Trials
"Vision Becomes Reality: the Making of a Legal MDMA Therapist Through Recent Research "

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 11:40 am - 12:25 pm

Neşe Devenot, Ph.D.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, University of Puget Sound
"The Role of Poetic Language in Psychedelic Science"

Speaking Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 11:50 am - 12:35 pm

Holly Duane
Therapist, NYU School of Medicine Psilocybin-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Dependence, and Clinical Trial on the Effects of Psilocybin-Generated Mystical Experience in Religious Leaders
"A Double-Blind Trial of Psilocybin-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Dependence"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Amanda Feilding
Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation
"From The Mystical Experience to Microdosing"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 3:20 pm - 4:05 pm

Débora González, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Pharmacologist with the ICEERS Foundation
"The Therapeutic Potential of Altered States of Consciousness in Grieving Processes"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 4:10 pm – 4:55 pm

Rob Heffernan
Ayahuasca Defense Fund Associate, Independent Researcher and Activist
“Guard-en-ing the Gates of Heaven: Protecting and Cultivating the Legality, Health and Safety of Sacred Medicines”

Speaking on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 2:35 pm – 3:20 pm

Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London
"Music in Psychedelic Therapy"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Anja Loizaga-Velder, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Director of Psychotherapy and Research, Nierika Institute for Intercultural Medicine- Mexico
“New Psychotherapeutic Perspectives With Ancient Medicines”

Speaking on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Elizabeth M. Nielson, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center
"What Psychedelic Therapists Don't Talk About and Why: The Case for Research on First-hand Experience with Psychedelics"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Nicholas Byron Powers, Ph.D.
Poet, journalist, and Associate Professor of English, SUNY Old Westbury
"Black Masks, Rainbow Bodies: Race and Psychedelics"

Speaking on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Stacy B. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico (CSUC) and former Co-Director of the Museum of Anthropology (CSUC)
"Communing with the Gods: Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) in the Lifecycle of Huichol Indians of Mexico"

Speaking on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Philip E. Wolfson, M.D.
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and Principal Investigator, MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness Study
"Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and the Ketamine Opportunity"

Speaking on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Please take a moment to read our Philosophy, Policies and Ticket Tier
explanations before purchasing tickets using the form below.


Horizons 2017 has a budget of $80,000 and costs $67 per attendee per conference day to produce, and its only source of revenue is registration sales.

All funds go directly to the conference's hard expenses, and the board members and directors of Horizons Media, Inc. are not compensated.

Please purchase a Standard or Patron ticket unless you face extraordinary financial hardship, such as unemployment or full-time scholarship.



Includes admission to Saturday and Sunday only, but not Friday evening's reception. A limited quantity are available.

This tier is subsidized, and do not cover the purchaser's share of production expenses.

They are offered in good-faith to community members who have challenging financial circumstances, such as full-time scholarship or unemployment.


Includes admission to Friday evening's reception and both conference days.

Standard tickets accurately reflect the price of producing the conference from year to year.

We think this is a very reasonable price for a full weekend of learning, community and entertainment in the heart of New York City.


Includes admission to Friday evening's reception and both conference days, including reserved front-and-center seating and express mail delivery service of credentials.

Patron tickets allow us to grow by investing in international speakers, state-of-the-art conference facilities with larger capacities, and higher production values.

Day Pass

Day passes will be available starting October 1, capacity permitting.

Day passes are offered for those who wish to only attend one day of the conference, and do not include entry to the reception.


Horizons tickets are sold in three tiers, on the honor system. Please choose the tier you are most able to afford.

All Patron, Standard, and Student/Hardship tickets include entrance to all programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Horizons is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational charity.

Our goal is simply to share knowledge, create dialogue, build community and break even.

We try to make the conference as affordable as possible while maintaining professional standards.

Registration prices have increased slowly over the years in order to support larger audiences and higher quality production.

The conference has no funding beyond ticket revenue.


There are no refunds, but tickets are transferrable.

Advance tickets are recommended. On show days, check the website for status of walk-in tickets.

Line up and schedule are subject to change.

Horizons is an all-ages event, but children must be silent in the auditorium.

All children who require their own seat must have their own ticket.

With the exception of Patron tickets, seating is first-come, first-served.

Your personal information is kept strictly confidential. We do not sell, lease or lend our guest database to anyone.

All photo and video recording and usage is subject to our media policy.

Additional Guest Policies are below in the “Guest Policies and Et Cetera” section.


The conference venue for both Saturday, October 7th, 2017 and Sunday, October 8th, 2017 is The Cooper Union Great Hall, at 7 East 7th Street, New York NY 10003.

The most convenient trains are the 6 at Astor Place and the N/R at 8th St, and the 4, 5, 6, N, Q and R at Union Square is also nearby.

There is no parking at the venue.

The Cooper Union Great Hall is an ADA-accessible facility.

Seating is first come first serve, other than reserved Patron seats.

Food and drink other than water is not allowed in the auditorium.

There is no coat check available.

The reception venue for Friday, October 6th, from 7:30pm-11:30pm is Church of the Holy Apostles at 926 Ninth Avenue at W 28th St in Chelsea.

Lodging, Parking,
& Transit

Horizons does not have any official hotel, lodging, or parking partners.

We recommend using hotel search engines to find options that match your price point.

Any hotel in downtown or midtown Manhattan will be very convenient. Downtown Brooklyn is also a very short subway ride. Long Island City, Queens also has many hotels with convenient subway access.

Airbnb is also well-regarded in New York City.

Use Google Maps to estimate transit time between locations in New York City. Please keep this in mind if you are booking accommodations in the outer boroughs or far uptown.

SpotHero is helpful for finding parking garages, although driving is typically not a recommended way to arrive in downtown Manhattan.

Press & Recording

Horizons is a press-friendly event and often provides access to the conference, speakers, and recordings, with advance notice and coordination.

If you are a member of the press who is actively engaged in reportage about psychedelic drugs, please contact us via email with “PRESS REQUEST” in the subject line.

Professional quality recording devices must be registered in advance and the use of recordings is limited by our media agreement.

Speakers may request that their presentations not be recorded, and all guests and members of the press must comply. Use of all recordings from the conference are limited by our media agreement.

Guests may photograph and record the proceedings, so long as they do not interfere with the enjoyment of the conference by other guests.

Guest Policies
& Et Cetera

Ticket and registration policies are detailed in the “REGISTRATION” section above.

Speaking at Horizons is via invitation only and we do not accept proposals for consideration.

We also do not accept proposals for info tables, poster sessions, film screenings, arts exhibitions, or other supplementary programming.

Commercial solicitation or distribution of flyers, brochures, advertisements, etc. without prior consent is prohibited, regardless of good intentions or noble causes.

We reserve the right to eject without refund anyone who treats our venue, staff, speakers, or fellow guests without respect.


Email Us

If you have questions about speakers, tickets, venues, lodging, transportation, or other logistical questions, please be sure to read the sections above in their entirety before contacting us.

Please understand that speaking at Horizons is by invitation only, and we do not accept proposals for consideration.

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